Remember those iconic red phone booths that have been featured in one too many of our favourite movies and TV series, and have been a part of our London bucket list? Here’s another reason for us to love these landmark booths even more now as they are being transformed into mini cafes. By Amitha Ameen

 

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City dwellers in London can rejoice as they have a new way of getting their daily fix of caffeine post lockdown. The red phone booths, an iconic symbol of London, and the most photographed phone boxes are now being put to different uses during these times.

The booths are being used for all kinds of things from stores, photo booths, libraries, and even cafes. The company that owns these booths have been encouraging the local communities to adapt and transform these phone booths into something else. The iconic red phone booths were replaced in the 1980s by more modern ones and only 5,000 of the original phone boxes remain.

 

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Recently, three of these phone booths, no longer in use, have been transformed into cute mini cafes for the public. Amar Cafe, as it is known, is run by a couple who offer takeaways including coffee, ice-cream, and pastries, perfect for those on-the-go who want to abide by the social distancing norms.

The brainchild of Loeinis Hernandez and Sean Rafferty, the red phone-booths-turned-cafes were originally opened in March, before the lockdown, but had to be quickly shut owing to the Coronavirus pandemic. Now that the restrictions have eased in the city, the duo has reopened the mini cafes and is making a mark with these charming little kiosks.

 

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A native of Colombia, Hernandez has been importing coffee from there which has become a fan favourite and speciality here. Without running the risk of transmission, customers can now order their favourite items at a safe distance from these quirky cafes.

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